calm, patient, and energetic dark star. sucks you right in, flows naturally, builds, and breathes. this eleven is just delicious! really packs in some energy and spits it out! not to mention jerry and phil are killin' it in there! great energy overall, beautiful example of what these guys could do together, just living in the moment and letting the music guide them
this is the kind of set that sucks me, energizes every molecule in my body, then leaves me buzzing and a little dizzy! great show, effortless transfers, great recording!!
October 13, 2011 Subject:
Very good show,
a bit short, needs pitch correction.
March 14, 2011 Subject:
Great Avalon show
Based on clementinescaboose's comment below, I'm going to go back and listen to the previous night's performance again. I can tell you both are absolutely incredible, high-intensity performances.
The only knock against this performance is the abrupt end of NPC.
Thanks to the team for putting this together.
September 2, 2010 Subject:
great, BUT NOT as great as the 12th
of couse this is a five-star show, but to those who suggest that it is better than the night before, they are wrong! 10/12s second set blows this nights second set away...not only does it have one of the best TIFTOO suites of all time, the fantastic New Potato>Drums>Jam is one of the best dead jams to come out of '68. not to mention the 12ths eleven i think is better and tighter (though this is somewhat debatable -they're both excellent).
anyways, as far as this shows highlights, the Dark Star is absolutely wonderful, with some great ensemble playing, as well as the aforementioned 11. also a nice, bluesy Death Don't, and a rockin' Other One. very high energy and electrified show, as with most of '68. this and the night before make great driving music!
i was not even a year old when they played this show. i had the misfortune of seeing them in slc in the spring of 95. freedom? just kill me. i saw a better band later in the evening at the zeyphr. i was melting away with my friends in the early dawn hours pondering the myth. what happened? how did they get there? was that their beautiful house? it was not mine.
time passed. i was left to my imagination and the devices of my patron to design the tooling required to set up operations in the newly built chinese sister.
the ringing phones and prairie dog chatter drove me off the reservation. i sought refuge in the digital void.
a hapzard step here and there lead me to seeking the darkest star.
i think i am there.
Reviewer:L. Rosley -
August 5, 2009 Subject:
No Pigpen, but great Dark Star, The Eleven gets 11 stars!
A beautifully rendered Dark Star in a season of great Dark Stars, though cut off at the beginning. Near perfection. Dark Stars this good are rare after 1970.
There are a lot of great Eleven’s from mid-‘68 to mid-’69. This is one of them. The short jam near the beginning of the Eleven is dynamite, and the rest of it is hot and firey and perfection. The drummers are fabulous here. They, and Jerry and Phil, are all feeding off of each other. And the Eleven vocals are as perfect as Dead show vocals get. Then they change to the minor key for the transition into Death Don’t Have No Mercy, and the energy actually picks up before sliding gently into the ballad.
Jerry delivers a top-notch Death Don’t Have No Mercy. The guitar work is masterful. The vocal is full of soul.
This second set is better than that of the previous night. But as with most of the concerts of the late summer, early fall, the first set is better than the second. After a nicely done Other One, New Potato is average, but ends abruptly to go into drums. It’s jarring. It may be a splice, but it’s hard to tell. Drums is not that interesting--they were better in the Eleven. The show ends with some calming-but-interesting feedback/space.
Pigpen is missed in the second set. The Anthem of the Sun material is just better with Pig.
There are now 5 copies of this show at archive.org. All are good quality. But you can’t go wrong with the Charllie Miller version.
July 3, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "live on stage" October 13, 1968 at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
1968 Super Soundbard.
Classic 1968 Sound.
1968 when the GRATEFUL DEAD were an underground counter culture, ACID-ROCK Band, with no multi-million dollar portfolio....just ugly hairy, scary looking hippys.
Here's one way to download this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
For easy streaming or downloading you should use RealPlayer.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1968.
PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
PSS: Remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" and get the poster for this show.